// Newly-published guidance sets out the roadmap out of the lockdown
by Career Interactive, 4th March 2021
The UK’s vaccine plan continues to accelerate, and more than one-third of the population has been vaccinated, which places its current vaccination rate the third in the world and the first in Europe.
On February 22, the British government released the specific details of the roadmap out of lockdown. This plan will begin on March 8 and will be divided into four key stages.
Stage 1: Starts from March 8th
The first stage is divided into two parts: The first part will start from March 8th, while the second part will start from March 29th.
— March 8th
- Schools are set to return for all pupils in all year groups in England
- Two people from different households will be able to meet outside
— March 29th
- The Rule of Six returns plus two households will be able to meet outdoors
- Outdoor sport will be allowed again. Facilities such as football pitches, tennis courts and golf courses are set to reopen.
Stage 2: Start from April 12th
If the first stage goes well, the second stage will be implemented as early as April 12th.
- Gyms reopen for individuals, classes don’t open until May 17th
- Hairdressers and barbers will be allowed to open again
- Pubs and restaurants will be able to serve food and drink outdoors. The Rule of Six will apply to groups
- Brits can go on a staycation with their own family in a self-catered property
Stage 3: Start from May 17th
- Pubs and restaurants will be allowed customers indoors
- Sauna and spas will be allowed to reopen
- 10,000 fans will be allowed in stadiums for sport and big events
- Two households will be able to mix indoors, overnight. Rule of Six will have to be followed
Stage 4: Start from June 21st
— All other restrictions will be lifted
- No cap on the number of people allowed at weddings
- Nightclubs will FINALLY reopen after staying shut since the first lockdown
In addition, the British government also announced the latest slogan “FACTS”, with the five initials representing the five key elements: Face coverings; Avoid crowded places; Clean your hands regularly; Two metre distance; Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms
This plan means that as early as June 21st, all restrictions will end and everything is back to normal.